Monday, December 31, 2012


Our family is so well-loved. So well-loved it's ridiculous. We made the Christmas trip to my hometown with two carloads of presents and suitcases, came home with both cars filled to the brim (even though we gave away the presents we came with), and then wrapped up the week with two more holiday gatherings and another carload full of toys. Today is our first day back to reality...which includes figuring out where we're going to put all this stuff. My New Year's resolution is to get organized, so this will be the first test of my resolve!

I'm going to take one more day to get things in order, and will post a Christmas summary here over the next few days. Now I just have to sort through hundreds of Christmas photos...

In the meantime, enjoy a cell phone photo of Oliver and Rody, one of the million gifts we received!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

White Christmas

We woke up to snow this morning! We might have a white Christmas after all!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmastime? Already?

Whether it feels like it or not, it's Christmastime. We're trying to get into the holiday spirit around here, despite the unseasonably warm weather and world events that feel decidedly un-Christmaslike. But ready or not, Christmas is coming, so we might as well prepare ourselves.

Part of the Christmas tradition for us is making a visit to Santa at our neighborhood's "Donuts with Santa" event. Both boys did fine with him, and I think Ellis told him he wanted a "trash pack from Target"--whatever that is.  Another tradition is, of course, the Christmas tree. We put up our sad artificial tree, which prompted Eric to say, "Let's just throw this away and go get a real tree!" It's up still, in all it', glory. Maybe next year we'll go the real tree route. Then there are the presents. We've shopped until we've dropped (literally, as in the case of the children, who were writhing on the floor of Barnes and Noble as I was searching for a book that was in stock--according to the customer service desk--but not where it was supposed to be).

So now we just have one crazy week to get everything ready...which doesn't feel like enough time, but will have to be. "Blog" is on my to-do list for this week, but if it falls by the wayside, I'll catch you after Christmas with lots of adorable photos from our holiday.

I hope you all (all 10 of you!) have a wonderful Christmas. I am thankful for each and every one of you who come here to see what our little family is up to. Especially in the wake of last week's events, I hope that we can all pause and appreciate all the blessings we have this Christmas. I know I'll be sending up an extra "thank you" for my children, and for their ability to flop on the floor at bookstores and generally make my life a little frazzled. I'll be thankful for our sparse tree and all the presents underneath it. I'll try to be thankful for all the craziness that leads up to Christmas in our family, because it means we have many people who love us and want to spend time with us, and that we have the means to offer them gifts. I'll be thankful that we can travel to be with our loved ones, because there are many who would go any distance to be with theirs, and aren't able to.

Merry Christmas, friends.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


There are "armies." And then there are "guys." Sometimes they play together. You have to make a lot of "pshew, pshew" sounds. Got it?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sand Play

I always say that we might as well live at the beach for all the sand I have in my house. Alas, we don't live at the beach...but we do live by a really cool sandbox. And we have a digger. And really, what more can one ask for?

Sand play is serious business

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Side-by-Side: Piano (in Green Shirt)

Eric has been urging me to do some side-by-side* posts of Ellis and Oliver either at similar ages or in similar clothing or photos. Because I have thousands upon thousands of photos, I can accommodate this request. So here's the photo that gave birth to this idea: both boys playing the piano in the same shirt.

Ellis, November 2009
Oliver, November 2012

*Until I figure out how to make a collage, it won't be as much side-by-side as it is one-on-top-of-the other. But that doesn't flow as well, so...whatever.